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>> nobody should have to live like this. >> we made a promise to these heroes... this is one promise americans need to keep. >> this is al jazeera america, i'm randall pinkston in new york with a look at today's top of stories. crash investigation, new clues when an airliner was lost over egypt, oral arguments, the pivotal cases in the supreme court this week. how privacy rights, jury selection and much more could change in this country. under scrutiny. why the battle between self-expression and league image has the nfl in hot water.
and renaissance man. from politics to acting on the silver screen, former senator fred thompson has died. we begin tonight in russia where officials have released satellite images where the pieces of metal and plane fragments landed after the aircraft came apart mid flight. a camp set up by emergency workers is also visible. more than 225 people died on the crash on the sinai peninsula. st. petersburg, russia a city in mourning. >> in front of one of russia's most potent symbols, the winter
palace, people take comfort and support from each other at a silent vigil at the time of suffering. the dead were known to many. >> translator: on this flight there was a girl who i've known since i was six. her name was leah, we were at the same gymnastics class. >> they were people cf citizens of st, citizens ofspurpg but n st. petersburg. but they're not just them. we never want an airline to crash again. >> some bodies recovered, some ten kilometers from the crash site. flying from the red sea resort ever sharm el sheikh to st. petersburg. decided not to fly over the area
some airlines, until the cause of the crash is identified. both rudd and egypt are russia e reluctant to give any credibility to i.s.i.l. affiliates that they shot down the airbus. >> translator: it is very important that the this matter be left alone and the discussions of the reasons behind this should take place. this takes a very long time. these are complicated matters that ries require broad techniqs and complicated measures that take months to process. >> the worst ever air disaster of russia. questions too what happened over the skies of egypt. but for a community desperate to understand what happened to that flight? there will be no quick answers. for these people, the hor of hof
this tragedy is when they will be taken to a purpose-built mortuary, where their dna will be matched with the samples given by their families. here in st. petersburg, the home of many of the dead, they have decided to extend the period of mourning for another two days. peter sharp, al jazeera, st. petersburg. >> turkey's juflt and development party known as the akp, got 49% of the vote. that means it does not have to go to foorm coalition to govern. prime minister ahmed davutoglu calls it a address. al jazeera's jamal elshael has
more. >> the man of the hour, ahmed davutoglu shows confidence. a lot more somber when his party had failed to win enough seats to form a government. sunday however was a different story. >> translator: today is a day ever victory for our democracy for our nation and may god be content with everyone who has made this victory possible. may god grant us the dignity when we face our nation, when we face our people. so that we always have our chin up and our heads up. my god never cause us to feel embarrassed or shamed when facing our people. >> reporter: going into elections the akp party hoped to
regain what it lost last june. but even the most optimistic polls didn't predict such a resounding victory. fourth time turks take to the polls in less than two years. sharp increase of bomb attacks including a blast in the capital which killed more than 100 people meant there was too much at stake for people to stay at home. a weekenned currency and a rapidly deteriorating relationship between the state and the armed kurdish sprafts known as the pkk, played hard on people's minds. bringing back stability through returning him to office. as night fell and the results began coming through it became clear that the vast majority of voters had been convinced, and the akp supporters had reason to
celebrate once again. >> i'm very happy with the results, and i'm happy that a lot of citizens actually went to the polls today and show that they in fact do want unity and polarization. >> the party had gained a majority. we will look to unite and embrace all the other parties and work together to build a better future for turkish people. >> turkey's opposition parties were swift to declare defeat. >> i do not want to have anyone to have any concerns. >> the prokurdish htp barely got enough votes to get into parliament. its leaders though was critical of the election process. >> with regret i have to say there wasn't pooh fair and equal
election. we received approximately 11% of the votes without waging a political campaign in the wake of the bloody doomsday. we tried to protect our people against mass acers. >> imassacres. . >> the akp party and its leadership still face the challenges, including a stuttering economy increased violence and insecurity, not to mention trying bridge a gap of a polarized soat. but prime minister ahmed davutoglu can face these challenges. jamal el shael, al jazeera. >> paul ryan is taking a stance against president obama on immigration. his stance will be different
than john boehner's he says. is al jazeera's paul beban has more on the day in politics. >> the speaker-elect, paul d. ryan of the state of wisconsin. >> reporter: following his election as house speaker on thursday, paul ryan made the round of sunday talk shows. >> we've got to be a bold alternative party, a proposition party. we don't like the direction the country's headed so we owe it to people of this nation how we do it in 2016. >> ryan has said he would focus on reducing federal spending and cutting the debt. one thing he won't be working on is immigration reform, that is until president obama has left the white house. >> this president has tried to go around congress so why would we want to write legislate on
something we can't trust him with? >> ryan said woe not support a law guaranteeing family leave. >> i don't think people can ask me to be speaker so i can take more money from hardworking taxpayers to create some new federal entitlement. >> john boehner said it was a tough sell getting ryan to run for the job. first, he had to rely on religion. >> first i had to lay catholic guilt on him. >> how does that go? >> it's not what you want to do, what got wants you to do. >> pulled that out? >> i pulled it all out. >> shows ben carson in a statistical tie with donald trump. and after low marks in last week's debate his campaign has
launched a new tag line, jeb can fix it. during his years as florida governor he was conflicted about the death penalty. >> it's hard for me as a human being to sign the death warrant to be honest with you. >> bush's comments come ahead of campaigning in new york, new hampshire and south carolina. >> the son of a polish immigrant. >> the campaign comes as hillary clinton extends her lead ore bernie sanders in the polls. paul beban, al jazeera, new york. >> gathering for a closed door meeting outside washington. at the sit down, the campaigns start negotiating directly with the tv networks airing the debates. that would effectively shut the
republican national committee out of the process while giving candidates more control over the debate's format. al jazeera an michael shure has more on the meeting. >> a lot of these meetings were called because of the candidates themselves, the campaigns of paul and huckabee and rubio and cruz, the campaigns of santorum. graham and bobby jindal, candidates who were at the smaller table, the kiddy table for the remainder of the debates. getting on the main stage, they are suggesting two debates on each date with seven candidates per debate. they feel that is only fair. the question is whether or not nbc would get to host the debate. it was taken from them 50 gop, the rnc last week because of the way cnbc handled the boulder
debate we won't be having issue with you. that was off the table. and telemundo, donald trump's campaign said we will not be bringing them in. but others said it was wise to include them. the meetings were to discuss how to make these changes the gop and the rnc were kept out of these committees, bringing in sean carencross and coo to help run the debailts homing that would make more conversation between the party and the candidates. that remains to be seen. >> political correspondent michael shure. e. coli outbra outbreaks lio chipotle restaurants.
chipotle responded to the outbreak by volunteer you tailor shutting down 43 restaurants in washington and oregon. authorities in north carolina are searching for a gunman suspected of killing one person and wounding another at a narvetion tack in winston salem, north carolina. at an historical black college. the school was placed on lock down for three hours after the shooting. authorities say now the campus is safe and that classes will resume on monday. two days of extreme weather in texas claimed six lives, tornadoes and flash flooding hit parts of houston with some areas receiving as much as 12 inches of rain. meteorologist kevin corriveau is here with more ton weather. kevin. >> that's right. if you didn't know it, texas was in a drought situation before this event. this has really helped the
drought but has taken the toll on most of the south. what's hatching about 24 hours ago all this moisture coming off of the gulf of mexico really affecting texas, louisiana, mississippi and alabama as well. what we can see at least in the overnight hours, towards texas we have a little turning situation there, area of low pressure pulling the rain more towards the west but the majority of the moisture is going across parts of louisiana all the way to georgia and the carolinas right now. a little bit closer we are stilt dealing with some very heavy rain in certain locations in florida, georgia, the rain is going to be off and on. we are not going to see the heavier rain we saw earlier, constant rain towards the next couple of days. this is what we're seeing in terms of watches and warnings. across much of alabama, flash flood watches and georgia flood watches and warnings for atlanta
proper we are going to see that as a problem. over the next couple of days though, look at this. over five to six inches of rain. where you see that red could be a major problem for that area. up here towards the northwest though for seattle we had a different flooding situation. take a look at the video that came out across this region. this is how they were dealing with the heavy rain. the problem was there was olot of foliage taken off the trees, because we are entering autumn. those leaves blocked the drains in the suburban area. that was the situation. frontal boundary will push through and the temperatures will be dropping. back to you randall. >> thank you kevin. sonar appears to be the wreckage of the ship el faro. navy vessels were supposed to reach a remote vessel.
the ntsb is awaiting video confirmation that the el faro is 15,000 feet in the atlantic ocean below the bahamas. they will try to recover any human remains they find. inside syria video use slows rebel groups using people locked in cages as human shields. before we go to a break, word of a political passing out of nashville. former tennessee senator fred thompson has died. he was a republican senator from 1994 to 2003. in 2007 he ran for republican nomination of president, dropped out of the race in january of 2008. he was probably best known to americans as an actor in movie
>> everyone has a story... and the only way to see all of america, is to see the human stories... one at a time. get to know the people, their struggles, their hardships and their triumphs. >> it gives me a lot of pride. >> our american story is written everyday. it's not always pretty, but it's real... and we show you like no-one else can. this is our american story. this is america tonight. >> syrian rebels are reportedly using prisoners of war as human shields. >> reporter: they are high ranking regime officers to be placed in cages all over towns and cities in eastern guta so they can have a taste of our misery and so they can be targeted by russian air strikes as our children and our women.
>> video posted online appears to showmen and women in iron cages. a monitoring group says they were driven to areas near damascus to be used as shields against government air raids. the report says most of the prisoners were syrian military officers and their families who had been captured by rebels. more than a dozen refugees were found drown today over the coast of three greek islands. the victims the latest refugees to die when trying to reach greece while fleeing their home countries. cold weather is make the trip increasingly dangerous. mohammed jamjoom reports, we want to warn you, some of the video is disturbing. >> off the coast of samos very close to where we are now, at least 11 people killed, drown in
those boats, capsizing, and it seems as though several children perhaps as many as six, drown in those capsizings as well. sadly, these types of headlines are become almost commonplace here especially in the past week. dozens of people at least 60 drowning in boats that capsized. refugees desperate to try make it from turkey to greece this past week. so at least 60 people dead just in the last four days. today, also, extremely sad reports of more bodies, perhaps as many as seven we're told, washing up ashore here in lesbos, people who drown from boats capsizing earlier in the week. it's very sad here, the news continues as i said before to be grim. and even though the weather is worsening, the sea is very choppy, temperatures have
dropped drastically, even despite all of this, that influx of refugees continuing because these people that are so desperate to escape war and death and destruction in places like iraq and syria are trying to get to europe before they believe the window will close and before they believe europe will stop allowing them to come here. >> mohammed jamjoom in lesbos, greece. thousands marched in the city of bucharest today, because of the night club fire. officials say the number could rise because of the severity of the burns of the victims. a criminal investigation has been opened. this week china's president will complete a third leg of a diplomatic push with the west when he meets with french
president francois hollande. the talks could be crucial to hollande's political future. >> reporter: what francois hollande achieves will go long to assuring his sphierve. his survival. china's support is crucial. >> france really values his climate summit, china shares the same goal and is making a big effort to reduce emissions. but of course china has lots of difficulties. >> hollande's visit, as winter sets in and heating increases demand on coal-fired power stations so residents here know it's only amatter of time before the smog returns to this northern part of china.
as the world's biggest producer of carbon dioxide, china's emissions are twice those of the united states, which is the second highest producer. but environmental efforts, reducing efforts on cheap dirty coal have helped china turn a corner. >> the good news is the coal use in china has seen decline in last year for the first time in a century. and it's still continuing. as a result, carbon emission has stalled in last year. >> while china has some way to go to build its green energy credentials its reputation as an environmental villain is changing. hollande and his political conference may find a friend in china. rob mcbride, al jazeera, china. defense secretary ash carter visited the demilitarized zone.
carter says it's important to continue six-party talks on north korea's nuclear program. >> we also spoke candidly today about north korean threats, nuclear weapons, ballistic weapons, cyber, conventional military threats. those threats continue to put at risk the peace and security of the peninsula, the region and the united states. >> carter also said the tunisians made sure to address the north korean threat. >> the supreme court begins hearing several new cases tomorrow. up ahead in the week ahead segment, from racial bias to online privacy. we break down which decisions could carry the most weight. ost weight.
>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> it's sunday night and time for a closer look at the week ahead. the supreme court begins tackling six cases this week, raging from chide fo pornograph, black defendant was tried by an all white jury in the death of an elderly white woman. documents show there's racial coding next to the name of the jurors. more from al jazeera's robert
ray. >> according to prosecutors, timothy foster broke into the home of a 79-year-old white woman named queen madge white. authorities say he sexually assaulted her and choked her to death. >> he has intellectual disabilities. unfortunately he was tried by an all white jury for the murder of an elderly white woman. >> foster convicted of capital murder in 1987 has been on georgia's death row ever since. now, the nation's highest court will decide whether.whites were intentionally kept off the jury. >> to find out what the prosecutors had on their jury selection notes, what they discovered was startling. >> the trial prosecutor wrote the letter b, next to the
prospective black jurors and colors were the prosecutors did not want to have on their jury. >> they did not mark w next to the white prospective jurors names. >> kayla levine says rejecting a certain number of jurors is legal. foster's case is unique. >> have you ever heard of a prosecutor in a jury selection in their notes marking a b for black? >> i personally have never heard of that among the prosecutors i worked wand the prosecutors i've interviewed i have never seen or heard of that practice. >> have you ever seen racial bias in all your years ever practicing? >> yes. >> christine ah swarnes of the
naacp. >> the prosecutor said a black prospective juror was excused because that prospective juror was too close to the age of defendant. but they sat white prospective jurors that were actually closer to the defendant's age. >> let's say there's an hispanic or black or asian that is the defendant, how can someone not say okay we've got a problem here? >> the opposing party says we have an all white or all black jury in a jurisdiction that is ethnically diverse. >> but that doesn't happen. >> in the three step process we have the objection, we have the race-neutral explanation and we have the judge who's supposed to weigh the credibility of that race neutral explanation.
>> levine says judges vary how seriously they take responsibility and many do not chapg challenge a well-known prosecutor. >> who are their perfect jurors and who are the jurors who are perfect for the other side. >> it sounds illegal. >> that's the basis of a peremptory challenge. that's why thurgood marshall and others have said we should get rid of the system. people who don't have health conflicts or don't understand english -- >> but not their race or gender. >> correct. >> rarely does the supreme court take on a case where there's no abstract principle to be decided. timothy foster needs to have five justices to rule in his favor. robert ray, al jazeera, atlanta. >> we have thajender singh.
peremptory challenges. before we talk about the case before the court explain exactly what that is. >> sure. when you have a jury trial, each side gets a certain number of challenges to the eligibility of jurors. and they're called peremptory because you don't have to provide any reason for them. so during the jury selection process each side can say we want to get rid of jurors number 1, 5 and 7, for example, and those challenges will be sort of accepted without any probing inquiry as to the reason. >> there is some inquiry into the reason for foster because there were marks negligence to the list. what's wrong with that? >> in a case of batson versus missouri, which is a well-settled case, you cannot
use race as stacking the deck in the jury. time and again the example that's implicated in the foster case itself is when prosecutors tried to empanel an all white jury to convict a black defendant, prosecutors know that result in a substantially higher probability of conviction and partly of the reasons of that are driven by racial bias and animus. the supreme court held that was unconstitutional, violates the theory of a jury by one's peers or the variable composition of a jury was manipulated unlawfully. >> what you are saying in effect is if the check marks hadn't been next to the names of the black jurors and the prosecutor had secluded them without any racial reference, it would have been fine. >> it would have not been fine, it still would have been
illegal. he would have explained those and a trial judge would have accepted them. that's what happened if this case for a long time. initially this jury went through they heard the case the trial happened the result was appealed so on so forth. it was only much later once the prosecutor's papers were discovered that a new challenge was brought, the prosecutors deny they did that but the evidence is this is exactly what they have done. the case has gone all the way up and the reason the supreme court has agreed to hear it lends credence to the allegations. >> robert epps is a writer for the supreme court on the atlantic. i'm not sure you heard what we were just talking about attorney epps but here's a question for you, if in fact the supreme court does rule in favor foster could this ruling apply retroactively to other cases
involving the use of racially tinged injuries? >> no. it's pretty clear from the original batson decision that that is not what's called a landmark decision. it's not what we call a landmark decision and doesn't apply retroactively. what it will do i think is put some of the trial judges in the death belt states on notice that we're really serious about this. and don't just come to us with any lame excuse for excusing a juror. so that's quite important. >> let's look at some of the other cases coming up this week, there's spokio versus robbins, suing against incorrect information appearing on the web. and whether an individual can sue a company for posting an inaccurate report even though there's no real proof that the
inaccuracy harmed the person. tell us attorney epps what is at issue here for plaintiff and for defendant in this case? >> well, this is really a case that tests the ability of congress to authorize congress to bring lawsuits against these very large enterprises, not just the privacy field but across the board. congress set up the fair credit reporting act and they said that inaccurate information about a person that is reported by a credit reporting agency gives rise to statutory damages in the sum of $1,000. the statute says you don't have to b prove that you were harmed. in spokio, constitution does not permit these strawvment damages,
congress does not have the power they say to authorize these lawsuits unless there's monday tri damage. there's no real question that what this case is about is cutting back on the ability of classes of litigants to bring class actions against the really big companies. and for that reason, google and a lot of the other internet giants are in this case basically saying we're too big. these suits will cost too much and we're too big to the sued. >> is this a reasonable argument attorney singh that there's too much money at risk for big corporations if everyone starts suing because there's an inaccuracy in a report? >> it is reasonable in the sense that you know if these companies start printing large numbers of
inaccurate reports they might be subject to substantial liability. it's beside the point of the case though because what this case is really about is ordinarily under the constitution you have to show that you were injured to bring a lawsuit in federal court. but the question before the court is can congress say, okay, if this happens to you, then you are injured, or is that a determination that congress can't make? and there are on any number of statutes, privacy statutes are a clear example, fair credit reporting act clear example. there are other statutes, environmental statutes for example where congress has said people can sue if people break the law. so this is a much, much bigger than privacy. so the companies do have a legitimate argument that this can be very about but it is also the way things have mostly been done until now. >> attorney garrett epps,
attorney tajinder singh. thank you very much for being with us. up next why the nfl is punishing players who are trying to raise awareness about very important issues. >> tough that the country gave up on me. >> look at the trauma... every day is torture. >> this is our home. >> nobody should have to live like this. >> we made a promise to these heroes... this is one promise americans need to keep.
curry succeeded katherine jeffers the first woman in that post. >> the nfl is coming under fire on issues, breast cancer awareness. meanwhile the league has been cracking down on players who wear uniforms that promote social causes. >> as the ad for five seasons running back and noted champion de angelo williams wore eye black with words on them, in the same game, team mate william gay wore these purple cleats to commemorate domestic violence month. in both cases the nfl cried foul. the league fined each player
$5780 for breaking the uniform rules. >> pink is not a color, it's a culture. >> williams lost his mother and two aunts to the disease. awareness that raises money for research by selling game worn pink gear. >> when my mom wa i was eight md from domestic violence. >> the nfl's decision to fine these players comes in the wake of domestic violence issues involving ray rice and others, that led individuals to wonder does the league care about women? players are prohibited from wearing displaying or otherwise conveying personal messages unless approved in advance by the league office.
only in ways it approves of earlier in october the nfl fined another player, cameron hayward from wearing eye black, iron and head on them. an hoe imagine to his father who died in twick. however the league said it substantially reduced that fine when he agreed to wear league approved eye black. all nfl fiengs go to foundations to help -- fines go to foundations to help retired players. john henry smith, al jazeera. joining me from colorado springs is donnie bo bostick, tk
you for joining. the nfl says it supports breast cancer awareness but fines players who wear symbols for those causes. question to you is the nfl being inconsistent? >> unfortunately for nfl they have pretty strict policies for their uniforms. they are able to enforce those fairly consistently. on the other hand, personal conduct is on the hands of roger goodell. on the other hand, joni manziel, greg hardy and who have no consequences at all. >> so de angelo williams has been paying for some women to get mammograms. do you know whether the nfl
might consider applying the fines to women to get ma'am graments amammogramsas supposedo the pot for retired nfl players? >> i know that's what william gay wants. the big problem of nfl is that their support of women's issues is very superficial. they have pink, pink cleats, but as soon as a player wants to honor a parent or deceased parent who died of domestic violence, in that case they are fined and it seems there's not a lot of place in the nfl for players on a very personal level. that's where the disconnect is. >> my next question is the nfl really serious about domestic violence for example? we just recently heard about the
instance of a player who is now with the dallas cowboys, greg hardy, he was accused of strange ling a woman, he was suspended for ten games then reduced to four and now he's back on the field. is the nfl really serious if someone can be accused of this kind of crime and then allowed to play? >> not only is greg hardy back on the field, but he had a violent confrontation with his systems coach, where this is an example of inspirational leadership. that's where the big disconnect is, where william gay has a deeply personal story as his mother died as a result of domestic violence. so it's hard to say that nfl isn't serious but as long as there's a huge chasm, people like greg hardy out on the field after they have been accused of
such horrendous horrendous crimes, and exhibiting outlandish conduct on the sidelines. >> after the ray rice incident in which he was shown dragging his girlfriend out of the elevator by her hair, they did hire three women to deal with allegations of domestic violence and i've recently read in the daily beast that these women have not been yet permitted to speak to media. thank you very much for joining us on al jazeera america, donnie bostick, a psychologist in colorado springs. why a rock band's controversial name is causing a stir.
>> who decided to break up? >> pati did. >> were you angry? >> i could say angry or really disappointed. and there's a difference between disappointed and angry. disappointed and -- disappointed and kind of that loss. kind of well, this is what i've been for 17 years. what am i now? >> tell me about your career as a solo musician. your album. the first one. >> yes. that was actually very good that it happened right away. i wanted to -- because i was moving the group further and further towards rock music. and i think that's also part of why pati needed to go, because she wanted to stay closer to r&b
and the traditional music we were doing. so i was let loose to become a rock 'n' roller. >> you could see the rest of my interview with nona hendrix tomorrow on "talk to al jazeera." they say they are trying to spark an uncomfortable conversation about race and racism. the government says they have gone too far. allen schauffler has more. warning, this piece contains language that some may consider ordinancive. >> the internment camps of are whrort. world war ii. it's about being asian in america. the band, the self proclaimed first all asia american rock
dance band who call themselves. >> the slats, yeah. >> the slants playing what they call chinatown rock. and embracing what could be seen as a racial slur. >> we can either choose to perpetuate a positive association instead. >> it's been controversial, when we asked a mutual board member if she could comment on the band's name we got this? >> we have to consult our nonprofit lawyer to see. because there are certain things acould jeopardize our nonprofit status. >> this proves that this is a sensitive issue. >> oh it's very sensitive. >> cast and crew working on the video shoot shrug it off. >> i don't think anything of it. they're happy with it, they came up with it, they love it, it's
them. >> this used to hurt us, now it doesn't. we're taking all the sting out of it about. >> maybe but the name has landed the band in court where they're fighting the federal government for right to strayed mark the slants. the u.s. patent and trademark office has turned them down saying the name is disparaging to asians, especially when backed up by asian imagery. >> they are saying, when they see our picture, the slants, people will autismly assume the slur and not any other possible definition. >> contaminate shows us that the trademark office has approved hundreds of other requests using the same word or versions of it. >> anyone can register trademark as long as they are not asian.
and that seems incredibly unjust. >> over the last five years tam has taken his cause public, giving ted x talks. 40 to 50 speaking engagements a year. >> they would call me a gook they would call me a jap. at one point, i'm a chink, at least get it right. >> he connects by talking about bullying, about his music and his mission to change one of the meanings of one word. >> we're asian, we're part of it and even though sometimes we don't have slant eyes we accept it. >> and however the long trademark fight turns out, symon tan points to some simple victories, since the band took stage. >> when you go slant, the top
entries were to a white supremacist website. but now it belongs to us and i think that's supercool. >> supercool. they will be back on the road, they can't legally own it but still use the name, and continue to be, the slants. allen schauffler, al jazeera, portland, oregon. >> we just got through halloween but in london, they are already getting ready for christmas. >> three two one! >> singer kylie minogue did it, switched on the lights in oxford square. it's a bit early, they wanted to do it on a sunday so more children could attend the
ceremony. thank you, i'm randall pinkston, third world is next, good night. ood night. do not he has been in crimea, dropped bombs on syria, is vladimir putin the biggest threat facing the world. in the panel. should planned parenthood stop abortions to say 97% of its work. and my final thought on what t e be - unbiased policing. i'm josh rushing and this is